Commentaries

“There is no military solution.” Time to get real about it.

by Patrick T. Hiller “There is no military solution to the conflict.” That was the conclusion reached by the Biden administration earlier this year, which set into motion the plans for the withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by the end of August. Nearing the termination of this process, in a few short days we witnessed the … Read more

WPI Research Intern Publishes Op-ed on Bystander Intervention

We’re happy to share this op-ed by our Research Intern Adam Arman. He argues that with the uptick in hate crimes against Asians, the misappropriated term “jihad” needs to be reclaimed as a way to build peace. Click here for the full op-ed: What Islam can teach us about bystander intervention

Peace Education, not Patriotic Education

The President’s call to “restore patriotic education in our schools” via the creation of the “1776 Commission” aimed at controlling public school curricula once again set off my alarm bells.

Trump is not a wartime president — and COVID-19 is not a war 

Trump is not a wartime president — and COVID-19 is not a war   by Kristin Henderson 668 words Using a war narrative to talk about COVID-19 plays into the hands of white supremacist groups. U.S. officials and the media should stop it.  Fighting a war is not an appropriate metaphor for navigating the COVID-19 pandemic. Framing this … Read more

Stop Tightening the Thumb Screws, A Humanitarian Message

Stop Tightening the Thumb Screws, A Humanitarian Message  by Kathy Kelly 1020 words U.S. sanctions against Iran, cruelly strengthened in March of 2018, continue a collective punishment of extremely vulnerable people. Presently, the U.S. “maximum pressure” policy severely undermines Iranian efforts to cope with the ravages of COVID-19, causing hardship and tragedy while contributing to … Read more

Social distancing? Peace and social justice demand more coming together, not more distancing

Social distancing? Peace and social justice demand more coming together, not more distancing  by Kevin Martin 718 words “Social distancing” (or maybe more properly “appropriate physical spacing”) is something people everywhere need to practice in the near term to get through the Covid-19 crisis. And it likely won’t be the last time, unfortunately, that a … Read more

Instead of real-time commentary, eight common-sense reasons for not going to war with Iran

In the wake of the assassination of Iranian military leader Major General Qasem Soleimani and nine other people by a U.S. drone strike in Iraq, tensions between the United States and Iran are at their height.

War Prevention Initiative Op-Ed addressing German audience: Stand up against U.S. drive toward war with Iran.

In his recent commentary published by the German Rubikon magazine, War Prevention Initiative Executive Director Patrick Hiller argues that Germany and other European nations need to behave independently at the threshold of war, be courageous and assume a moral leadership beyond Iran, embracing global stability and security. There must be no “coalition of the willing” … Read more

Provoking World War III with Iran and a U.S. history of provocation

Published on Monday, July 01, 2019 by PeaceVoice Provoking World War III with Iran and a U.S. history of provocation by J.P. Linstroth1220 words In the history of the United States and its history of interventionism, the recent attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman seem to be foreboding and ominous signs of what may … Read more

“Iranians are not our enemies”

When foreign policy as we know it isn’t working, creative citizen diplomacy can step in to humanize the real people who would be most impacted by war. Follow the link bellow to read the entire commentary by War Prevention Initiative Executive Director Patrick Hiller on Foreign Policy in Focus: Iranians Are Not Our Enemies

Radio Interview: “How to move away from the brink of war with Iran

“Iranians are dealing with the same everyday issues that we’re dealing with…They almost run into you because they are glued to their cell phones.” Executive Director Patrick Hiller spoke with Popular Resistance recently about rising tensions between the United States and Iran. One way to start de-escalating the conflict? “Start changing the narrative by humanizing … Read more